hemlock

noun
hem·​lock | \ ˈhem-ˌläk How to pronounce hemlock (audio) \

Definition of hemlock

1a : any of several poisonous herbs (such as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family having finely cut leaves and small white flowers
b : a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock
2 : any of a genus (Tsuga) of evergreen coniferous trees of the pine family also : the soft light splintery wood of a hemlock

Examples of hemlock in a Sentence

Socrates died after drinking hemlock.

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The part of the article that caught my attention was a warning about how similar hemlock looks to the edible Queen Anne’s lace. Irv Erdos, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Are the great outdoors really that great?," 30 June 2019 Elm, ash, oak, hemlock and whitebark pine are all dying in huge numbers. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?," 25 June 2019 Among the many landmarks along Going-to-the-Sun Road are Avalanche Creek with its ancient hemlock-cedar forest, a wicked switchback called the Loop, a roadside Weeping Wall, and the overlook for big Jackson Glacier. National Geographic, "A guide to Glacier National Park," 17 Apr. 2019 In a satisfying conclusion, Mr. D’Angour pulls together his findings in a concise 15-page biography of Socrates, from his birth to the cup of hemlock, which sparkles with vivacity and does not overtax the scholarship that sets it up. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘Socrates in Love’ Review: A Vigorous, Brilliant Young Man," 17 May 2019 The hemlock-sloped beams help create the wind flow, tie to designs throughout the memorial and eliminate wildlife habitat potential inside the tower. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "A 93-Foot Tribute to United 93: The "Tower of Voices" 9/11 Memorial," 6 Sep. 2018 Or in medieval England, you were supposed to put a piece of hemlock in your sock and walk around with it. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why we don’t have a hangover cure yet," 21 Dec. 2018 The tower will be made of precast concrete columns with branch connectors to visually tie the structure to the hemlock trees at the crash site. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Building the Flight 93 Memorial’s Massive Chime Tower," 5 July 2018 Antone, who loves country music, danced with her great- grandson underneath a sculpture of a 140-year-old western hemlock tree. Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times, "Seattle great-grandmother of 20 makes it to prom," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of hemlock

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hemlock

Middle English hemlok, from Old English hemlic

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hemlock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hemlock

: an evergreen tree with soft wood
: a type of poisonous plant that has small white flowers
: a deadly drug or drink made from this plant

hemlock

noun
hem·​lock | \ ˈhem-ˌläk How to pronounce hemlock (audio) \

Kids Definition of hemlock

1 : an evergreen tree related to the pine
2 : a poisonous plant with small white flowers and leaves divided into many parts

hemlock

noun
hem·​lock | \ ˈhem-ˌläk How to pronounce hemlock (audio) \

Medical Definition of hemlock

1a : any of several poisonous herbs (as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) having finely cut leaves and small white flowers
2 : a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock — compare coniine

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